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Susan Meiselas, The Life of an Image: “Molotov Man,” 1979 – 2009

National Gallery of Art installation of The Life of an Image: “Molotov Man,” 1979–2009, 2014, mixed-media installation, dimensions variable, 2015.12.1-17

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Series of transparencies from the final assault on the National Guard Headquarters, Estelí, Nicaragua, July 16, 1979, 2015.12.4

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Final assault on the National Guard Headquarters, Estelí, Nicaragua, July 16, 1979, 2015.12.5

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The moment before, Estelí, Nicaragua, July 16, 1979, 2015.12.6

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“Molotov Man” at the walls of the National Guard Headquarters, Estelí, Nicaragua, July 16, 1979, 2015.12.7

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Tear sheet from Swedish magazine, c. 1981, 2015.12.2

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First anniversary matchboxes of the FSLN triumph over Somoza, Nicaragua, July 1980, 2015.12.1

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Catholic church publication, Nicaragua, 1980, 2015.12.3

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Sandinista poster to raise a popular militia, Nicaragua, 1982, 2015.12.12

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Flyer soliciting funds for Contra revolution, United States, 1983, 2015.12.13

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Mural featuring Nicaraguan folk legends including “Molotov Man,” Masaya, Nicaragua, 1986, 2015.12.8

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Wall previously painted with “Molotov Man,” blackened before election campaign, Masaya, Nicaragua, 1991, 2015.12.9

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Wall stencil based on “Molotov Man,” Estelí, Nicaragua, 1982, 2015.12.10

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Wall stencil mobilizing popular militia to fight against the Contra, based on “Molotov Man,” and reads “They will not pass,” Estelí, Nicaragua, 1982, 2015.12.11

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Interview with “Molotov Man,” Pablo Jesús Aráuz, in Somoto, Nicaragua, March 25, 1990, outtake from the film Pictures from a Revolution by Susan Meiselas, Alfred Guzzetti, and Richard P. Rogers, 1991, QuickTime video, 2015.12.14 (not included in exhibition installation)

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Excerpt from the film Reframing History by Susan Meiselas and Alfred Guzzetti, showing the mural installation for the 25th anniversary of the overthrow of Somoza by the FSLN, Estelí, Nicaragua, July 2004, QuickTime video, 2015.12.17 (not included in exhibition installation)

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Monument to Pablo Jesús Aráuz, known as “Molotov Man,” Estelí, Nicaragua, July 2009, 2015.12.15

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T-shirts sold at the 30th anniversary celebration in the Plaza of the Revolution, Managua, Nicaragua, July 2009, 2015.12.16

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